back to article Latest pitch for AI: DeepMind-trained soccer robots

Eggheads at Google's DeepMind have developed a deep learning curriculum that can teach robots how to play soccer badly – and it's wonderful to behold. In contrast to the polished acrobatics of Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot, the pair of Robotis OP3 robots under the tutelage of DeepMind bumble and flop about a less-than- …

  1. Steve Button Silver badge

    Actually quite impressive (and funny)

    OK they fall over about as often as Premier League players, but they do manage to get up more quickly without rolling around in pretend pain.

    This is only going to get better. I've always thought once we reach the time when a robot can walk at speed through Liverpool Street station at a busy time* then that's when general purpose robots become truly useful.

    * does it have busy days times any more? Not been much for a few years.

    1. LionelB Silver badge

      Re: Actually quite impressive (and funny)

      And the goal celebrations are pure class. Peter Crouch, eat your heart out.

  2. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    That made my day

    And even though they're very very good at falling over, they still have better ball skills than I have.

  3. trevorde Silver badge

    Next logical progression

    * diving, clutching knee, faking injury

    * holding onto opponent's shirt

    * deliberate, professional foul

    * time wasting

    * Hand of God

  4. Dan 55 Silver badge

    American soccer team watching the match closely

    How else would they improve?

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